The existing share of renewables in total electricity is around 3.9% in 2009-10. This has been achieved owing to continuous focus and support from the Government, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Forum of Regulators (FOR), State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs) and the other supporting bodies like MNRE and IREDA.

India has been facing shortage of electricity for almost a decade. According to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), during the financial year 2008-09, the Indian utilities could supply 689 billion kWh of electricity against requirement of 774 billion kWh, which represents shortfall of about 11.0%.